Reacting to an early demo tape, one label honcho accused the Pinecones of having delusions of competence. A band spokesperson countered that the demo was an exploration of the simple.
The Pinecones released three albums in the late 80's and early 90's, each doing better than the last. They toured relentlessly and built a grassroots following, eventually attracting dichondra, fescue and even zoysia to their gigs.
The band split up in 1993 after some onstage fist-fights and hair pulling. And that was just among their lawyers.
Then, in 1998, Red Light, Red Meat, from the Pinecones' second album, was featured in a dog food commercial, bringing the Cones' music to a whole new generation. Suddenly, they were headliners again. Old differences were patched up or set aside.
Their latest album was released on November 28, 2000, after two and a half years of grueling work. As of October, 2003, they still hadn't managed to schedule a record release party, which has only added to their mystique.